If you grew up in the 1980s, you’d know that a LOT happened and it could be said to be one of the best decades so far. Here at Retro Sweet we love reminding you of everything old school, bringing you a sense of nostalgia and reminiscing over some of the things that maybe aren’t around anymore. 

Teach your children what it was like in the 80s and cast your eye over some of these facts; see how many you can remember!

80s Entertainment Facts

Back in the 80s, there was a lot happening with music, television and films, some of which are still firm favourites in 2015. For a start, MTV kicked off in 1981 showing the very first music video, which was ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by The Buggles; a very fitting choice! 

During the 80s, there were a total of 8 ‘Friday the 13th’ films released, an American horror franchise that is considered to be one of the most successful media franchises in America due to its multiple references to the series in popular culture.

The 80s saw multiple popular TV shows, some of which have continued to the present day such as Eastenders, which began in 1985. Other popular television shows from the 80s included Blackadder, Only Fools and Horses and Allo! Allo! Remember these?

Food & Drink

Beverage powerhouse Coca Cola attempted to change its iconic formula in the 80s; but the public noticed very quickly and caused an uproar until the original recipe and taste was restored. On top of this, the company that claimed to give us wings, Red Bull, was introduced in 1987.

The 80s also said goodbye to a lot of our favourite retro sweets, such as Pacers which were otherwise known as Opal Mints, and fruity sugary squares known as Spangles.

80s Gadgets

Technology reached groundbreaking strides in the 1980s, bringing us portable listening devices and mobile phones. Did you know that some of the first mobile phones weighted up to 9kg and were huge? The Nintendo Entertainment System was introduced in 1985, and the VHS player came to us even earlier in 1980!

Celebrities Born in the 80s

If your children still aren’t convinced that the 80s was a cool decade, they may be interested to know that some of their favourite celebrities were born and grew up in the 1980s. The likes of Beyoncé, Macaulay Caulkin, Rebel Wilson and Ryan Gosling were born in the 80s, to name a few. You can’t deny that they have brought us some entertainment over the years!

If you can think of any other interesting facts from the 80s, then let us know and visit our website today for all your favourite retro sweets.